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Community Education Group Launches COVID-19 Best Practices Infographic For Harm Reduction Programs

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) forces society to engage in preventative measures such as social distancing, #CEGInWV has created a Best Practices poster for use by Harm Reduction Programs offering services to People Who Use Drugs during this pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, it is imperative that those operating HRPs do everything in their power to ensure the safety of both their staff and their clients, as well as engage clients in best practices to stay safe while using.

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Community Education Group Launches First HEPConnect Ad Campaign

CEG has launched its first digital media campaign as part of its HEPConnect
grant work. This series of ads will be running in West Virginia newspaper outlets in Cabell, Jefferson, Kanawha, Monongalia, Morgan, and Raleigh Counties.

The ad run schedule is as follows:
March/April 2020 – Cabell/Kanawha
April/May 2020 – Morgan
May/June/July 2020 – Jefferson
June/July 2020 – Raleigh
July/August 2020 – Monongalia

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Community Education Group Attends HEPConnect Spring 2020 Grantee Convening in Raleigh, NC

The West Virginia Contingent at the HEPConnect Spring 2020 Grantee Convening

From March 10th to March 13th, CEG’s Executive Director, A. Toni Young, and WV Policy Coordinator, Marcus J. Hopkins, attended the first HEPConnect Grantee Convening of 2020 in Raleigh, NC. This event, hosted by the Harm Reduction Coalition and Gilead Sciences, brought together HEPConnect grant recipients and partner organizations from Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to discuss organizing strategies, best practices, and other issues related to Harm Reduction efforts and coalition building.

This meeting allowed CEG to meeting with some of its partnering organizations to begin preparing for some of the exciting work we’ll be doing in 2020 and beyond, as well as allowing us to introduce ourselves to other states’ grantees to see how they are working to effect positive change and outreach in their home states.

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Community Education Group Receives $500,000 Grant to Bolster Fight Against HIV in West Virginia

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Community Education Group Receives $500,000 Grant to Bolster Fight Against HIV in West Virginia

Sherpherdstown, WV (March 9, 2020) – Local West Virginia organization, Community Education Group (CEG), has been awarded $500,000 dollars in funding by Gilead Sciences to combat the spread of HIV in West Virginia. This new grant will support CEG’s efforts to improve HIV prevention, testing, screening, and treatment in the state.

“The goal is to help local communities and groups working in public health to understand how the three epidemics are linked,” explained CEG’s executive director, A. Toni Young, “and then get everyone working together to shape West
Virginia’s response to the syndemic in practical, effective, and cooperative ways.”

The $500,000 grant from Gilead Sciences will enable CEG to coordinate community response to the state’s growing HIV crisis by funding programs that use and integrated approach to preventing HIV, viral hepatitis, and opioid usage.
West Virginia is currently experiencing its fourth HIV outbreak in three years, part of a growing syndemic of HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) driven by the state’s ongoing opioid crisis. As a result, West Virginia has been confronting a multi-faceted public health emergency without the necessary infrastructure or effective coordination among service providers, public health agencies, and policymakers.

Both CEG and Gilead Sciences have been involved with the fight against HIV/AIDS for many years. CEG originally established its reputation not far from West Virginia, mobilizing community response to HIV/AIDS in the District of
Columbia. Gilead has long been developing HIV medications and therapeutic options, including working to expand access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries.

“Gilead is pleased to support Community Education Group’s work to address and eliminate health disparities, especially HIV related disparities in the state of West Virginia. We believe this is a critical time to bring all community stakeholders together, to align with the Administration’s End the Epidemic Plan in order to prevent new HIV infections and improve the health and wellness of those living with HIV.” said Korab Zuka, Vice President of Public Affairs for Gilead Sciences.

Since the spike in HIV cases is connected with injection drug use, CEG plans to work with established regional coalitions that are already addressing the opioid epidemic. The organization’s goal is to integrate HIV education, training, and policy development into those ongoing community efforts. Simultaneously, CEG will build an overarching statewide coalition that can mobilize advocates, researchers, policymakers, and experts to meet with legislators and contribute to future planning for leveraging federal resources, such as funding from the Trump administration’s “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Community Education Group
A. Toni Young
tyoung@communityeducationgroup.org
(304) 278-4420

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Community Education Group Awarded Grant For HIV Work In WV

Gilead Sciences has awarded Community Education Group $500,000 over two years to conduct HIV-specific work in West Virginia. This grant will enable CEG to build a statewide coalition to integrate HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Opioid Epidemic prevention policies and activities, and address the drivers of, and responses to, all three interrelated epidemics.

This is an important step in developing an overall statewide policy agenda in preparation for West Virginia’s inclusion in the Trump administration’s “Ending the HIV Epidemic” initiative.

Stay tuned to CEG’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter (@CEGInWV) for more information as it becomes available.